>> Referendum fever is spreading. Hours after a call for Scotland to have a second independence vote, Sinn Fein is saying it's Northern Ireland's turn.>> Well obviously the British Tories are on the verge of triggering Article 50.>> The Irish Nationalist calling for one as soon as possible.
Reuters Connor Humphries says the party's recent electorial surge has strengthened their position. The last opinion poll in Northern Ireland about six months ago showed a large majority wanting Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. But that has changed. It seems to have shifted a little in recent months as the prospect of a hard Brexit has appeared.
There hasn't been any opinion poll, but the election, the huge surge of support for Sinn Fein in the election indicates that it's really mobilized the Irish Nationalist vote.>> In the Brexit vote, most Northern Irish voters chose to stay in the EU. But any independence referendum would need the consent of Westminster, and the British government has said so far the criteria haven't been met.
>> The situation in Northern Ireland is similar to Scotland in a way, that the British government effectively has a veto. But if the politics changes and there appears to be a strong support for a referendum, it would, like in Scotland, it would be very difficult for the British government to resist.
>> The ayes to the right. Three->> Following Monday's vote in Parliament, Theresa May has the legal authority to trigger Brexit negotiations with the EU. But it looks like that's not the only exit bid she'll be grappling with over the next two years.